TutorialPlan: Automated tutorial generation from CAD drawings

Wei Li, Yuanlin Zhang, George Fitzmaurice

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Abstract

Authoring tutorials for complex software applications is a time consuming process. It also highly depends on the tutorial designer's skill level and experience. This paper introduces an approach which automatically generates software tutorials using the digital artifacts produced by the users of a software program. We model this process as an optimal planning problem using software produced artifacts, software specifications and the human-computer interaction Keystroke- Level Model (KLM). We present TutorialPlan, an automated tutorial generator, which creates stepby- step text and image instructions from CAD drawings and helps users learn AutoCAD, a complex design and drafting software. In our tutorial generator, the optimal planning problem is represented and solved using DLV, a general Answer Set Programming (ASP) system. DLV offers a natural representation of both the problem and the heuristics needed to solve it efficiently. A user study shows that the tutorials generated by our system are comparable to those generated by experienced AutoCAD users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIJCAI 2013 - Proceedings of the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Pages2020-2027
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: Aug 3 2013Aug 9 2013

Publication series

NameIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1045-0823

Conference

Conference23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2013
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period08/3/1308/9/13

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Li, W., Zhang, Y., & Fitzmaurice, G. (2013). TutorialPlan: Automated tutorial generation from CAD drawings. In IJCAI 2013 - Proceedings of the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 2020-2027). (IJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence).